Lee Health said the ommicron peak and the normal influx of seasonal residents is causing longer-than-normal wait times at the hospitals.
In its daily COVID-19 report, the hospital system urged the community to try alternatives to going to the emergency room.
One of the options is DispatchHealth, a service that brings emergency care directly to the patient’s home.
Patients can request an appointment on their website.
No referral is needed, and DispatchHealth can treat patients for cold and flu symptoms, minor sprains and strains, joint pain, migraines, and anything else they might receive care for in an urgent care facility.
Patients can also use Lee Telehealth for a virtual health visit, which can be accessed through the website or through the Lee Telehealth app.
Here are today’s COVID-19 numbers:
- As of Thursday morning, 321 COVID-19 patients have been isolated in Lee Health hospitals (inpatient).
- Of those patients, 10 are being treated at Golisano Children’s Hospital in southwest Florida.
- On Thursday morning, the hospital count stood at 96% of the manned operational bed capacity.
- On Wednesday, Lee Health’s emergency departments saw 945 patients. Before the current ommicron wave, emergency departments averaged about 900 patients per day.
- On Wednesday, Lee Handy Care saw 421 patients, our LCC sites averaged about 360 patients per day before the ommicron wave.
- Lee TeleHealth is currently free and is an easy alternative to avoid longer than normal waiting times at urgent care centers. To access Lee Telehealth, download the Lee Health app or visit www.LeeTelehealth.org.
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